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Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace - What Now?
Pomerene Marketing - Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The CDC has several recommendations to assist businesses when an employee is suspected to have or confirmed infected with COVID-19.
- If an employee arrives to the workplace with symptoms or becomes ill during their shift, they should be separated from other employees as soon
as possible, customers, and visitors and should be directed to go home. If an employee gets symptoms outside of work they should stay home.
The employee should not return to work until they have consulted with a healthcare provider and met the guidelines set forth by the CDC.
- Individuals with COVID-19 have had a wide variation of symptoms, including: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
- On July 17, 2020 the CDC recommendations state that for the majority of people with COVID-19, isolation and precautions can generally be stopped 10 days after symptom onset and without a fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications and with improvement of other symptoms.
- It is important to close off any areas used for long intervals by the sick employee until cleaning and disinfection can be done safely.
- In the event an employee is suspected or positive for COVID-19, employers need to determine other employees who may have been exposed and should take some extra measures:
- Employers should inform employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 if the employee is confirmed positive.
- Provide education to employees on what they should do if they become ill.
- Employees should not return to work until they have met the guidelines to suspend home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.
- The CDC recommends that employers do not use antibody tests to determine which employers can work. A viral test checks a respiratory sample to determine if an employee has the virus.
- Pomerene Hospital can do outreach testing at your business if you are considering testing all of your employees. Please contact Pomerene Hospital's Infection Preventionist to arrange for Outreach testing at your facility by calling 330-674-1015.
- Additional information and resources are available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html.